23 Profound Quotes that Will Make You See Everything Differently


Strange New Perspective

I remember when I was a little child and the world seemed so strange and new. I wanted to know what was out there, what weird things could I learn.

When someone told me the Earth was just a giant rock floating in the middle of nothingness, I was taken aback – it blew my mind. But I wanted to know more.

To this day, I still look for new, strange perspectives and information about our world. It’s a weird and passionate quirk, but one that has lead me to some really fascinating discoveries.

Today I want to share with you some quotes that I hope will expand your own awareness, feed your curiosity about the world and maybe discover a little more about what life is all about.

“When you reach for the stars, you are reaching for the farthest thing out there. When you reach deep into yourself, it is the same thing, but in the opposite direction. If you reach in both directions, you will have spanned the universe.” – Vera Nazarian

“Some morning while your eating breakfast and you need something new to think about, though, you might want to ponder the fact that you see your kids across the table not as they are but as they once were, about three nanoseconds ago. – Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.” – John Green

“Atoms are mainly empty space. Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.” – Carl Sagan

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” – Chuck Klosterman

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.” – Jim Morrison

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” – Dave Barry

“When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.” – Alan Watts

“Over the course of your life you are actually hundreds of different people. You are a different person at the coffee shop than you are at the bar, and a different person for the dry cleaner than you are for your boyfriend, and a different person at work than you are on vacation. You are nobody in particular.” – Jenny Hollowell

“If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” – Winston S. Churchill

“Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.” – Jarod Kintz

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” – Carl Sagan

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.” – Alexandre Dumas

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.” – Milan Kundera

“Our brains contain one hundred billion nerve cells (neurons). Each neuron makes links with ten thousand other neurons to form an incredible three dimensional grid. This grid therefore contains a thousand trillion connections – that’s 1,000,000,000,000,000 (a quadrillion). It’s hard to imagine this, so let’s visualise each connection as a disc that’s 1mm thick. Stack up the quadrillion discs on top of each other and they will reach the sun (which is ninety-three million miles from the earth) and back, three times over.” – Nessa Carey

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.” – William Blake

“Lots of people think, well, we’re humans; we’re the most intelligent and accomplished species; we’re in charge. Bacteria may have a different outlook: more bacteria live and work in one linear centimeter of your lower colon than all the humans who have ever lived. That’s what’s going on in your digestive tract right now. Are we in charge, or are we simply hosts for bacteria? It all depends on your outlook.” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.” – Tom Hiddleston

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.” – Ransom Riggs
photo credit: Laura Taylor

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  1. Great set of quotes, Steve :)

    I love the Jim Morrison one and I never tire of reading it. It is so true. We can’t cherry pick our feelings through life. We have to plunge in and take the risk of living.

  2. Thank you for sharing these. You have put together a wide selection of profound thoughts that really get you thinking. The kind of wisdom you share is that of a seasoned traveler. Thank you

  3. A great collection, Steve – I always love good quotes. Such tidbits of wisdom. I’m keeping this for future reference.
    The Emerson is one of my favorites!

  4. I have a sixth sense for numbers. The quote about neurons has blown my mind.
    And this is just a single!!! human brain. There are more than 7 billions over here.

    I’ll add one more provocative thought:
    “A slave is not he who works without wages, it is he tries to stop working and discovers he is not allowed.”

    • Isn’t that an incredible number? If you’ll forgive the pun, it’s mind-blowing. It’s hard to imagine that high a number, but that’s what’s there.

      • During my university studies about artificial neural networks we tried to simulate brain’s great functions by simple model and it had tremendous power. Then they told us that a single neuron, which we assumed to be short mathematical formula, is not that simple, and it might be as complex network of inner processes itself. That’s increasing the abilities of the brain even more. No wonder it can create such a marvelous things like a song or blog post.

        • That’s very interesting. I would have assumed that a single neuron would be simple and not a complex network itself. The brain is so complex.

  5. Nice collection of quotes.

    I particularly like Jenny Howoell’s quote about being different. I always thought that, except in a different way.

    We act differently in all kinds of situations and environments so I view people as multifaceted. We are any one thing. We adapt and change. It’s cool and necessary.


    • Not only that, but we’re different people based upon the situation we’re in. That can change our behavior in strange ways too.

  6. Nice collection. I love the one by Alan Watts, William Blake and Tom Hiddleston’s one about heroes and villain reminds me of my favorite author British David Gemmell whos heroes always felt ordinary and ordinary people did unexpected brave things. Yep, there’s at least that many realities as there is people on this planet – probably more, because many of us see the world by 2 or more different eyes.

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